Discover Lusaka: Zambia's Capital

Mundia Mubita,

With a population of 2198,996 as at the 2010 census, Lusaka is the biggest city in Zambia. The charming hospitality of her people awaits you! This magnificent city has grown from a small Village of Chief Lusaka to the capital of Zambia since 1935. The British colonists made it capital of then Northern Rhodesia and it was declared capital city at independence. National Government departments and offices are based in the city, with most of them based at the new government complex near Kamwala trading area. Lusaka is situated in approximately 100 kilometres from the Zimbabwe border, in the South of Zambia. If you choose to fly in, it's about 27 kilometers from the International Airport to the city-center. Or you can drive on the Kafue road coming from the South, or Great East road from the east and Great North road from the north. You can fly to the Copperbelt, Mfuwe, Chipata, Solwezi and Livingstone, or you can ofcourse travel by road. The intercity bus terminus is where you will find buses going to most destinations in the country and to some neighboring countries.

Places to visit

Lusaka National Museum on Independence Avenue explores Zambia’s cultural history, focusing on contemporary art, ethnography and archaeology; there is also a shop and snack bar. Other historical attractions include the house of Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, at number 394 Chilenje township, and Freedom Statue near the National Museum.

The Leopards Hill Caves are also a unique feature in Lusaka. They date back from the time of the bush men who lived in caves. These caves now add to the tourism industry of the country. Exhibitions of local art and handcrafts take place at the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre and Nampundwe art Gallery. Original artworks and souvenirs may also be found at Kabwata Cultural Center on Buma Road, the Dutch Reformed Church Market every last Saturday of the month, Northmead Market and the Arcades. Specialist curio stores include Ababa House, Kubu Crafts at Manda Hill and Lyn’s Ceramics at Kabulonga. There are other places worth visiting in and around Lusaka like Munda Wanga Botanical-Environmental Park is one of the city’s foremost attractions. It comprises an environmental Education Centre as well as a purpose-built wild life park and sanctuary specializing in native Zambian species, including lions, elephants, African wild dogs and primates. The botanical gardens, which contain over 1000 plant, have been redeveloped and are good place for picnicking. Another place where you can see wildlife is at the Lilayi Lodge. The lodge has an excellent restaurant and you can eat and dine while lounging at the pool. 20 minutes’ drive from Lusaka City International Airport and 40 minutes from Lusaka central town is the Chaminuka game reserve. You can enjoy wild life at a short distance from the city. Currently, there are more than 72 species available. You can also take a tour of the Chaminuka art gallery.Other places include Kalimba Reptile Park and many other recreational parks.